POSEN - There's a new member on the Posen Consolidated Schools Board of Education, and she's ready for her vote to count, she said.
After a brief interview of two candidates interested in a seat vacated by Steven Donajkowski, board members unanimously appointed Anna Soik, a Posen resident and Alpena Community College's assistant comptroller. Tamara Kroll was the second candidate, and both women answered questions about their qualifications, goals as a board member and other topics. After Soik was sworn in, she and other board members got to work.
"I am excited about (being appointed), and ready for my vote to count in my child's education and the future of Posen schools," she said after the meeting.
Soik will fill in for Donajkowski, who left the board at the end of July to take a job outside of the district. She's planning to file with the Presque Isle County Clerk as a write-in candidate, she said, and would serve the remaining two years of Donajkowski's term if elected. If not, she'll serve until the end of December.
A Posen resident for about 32 years, Soik and husband Eric have two sons. The oldest is in third grade, and the youngest will be in kindergarten next year. They're a main reason why she sought the trustee seat.
"I'm interested in finding the best and most creative solutions to problems and issues facing our school, and I also want to uphold Posen Schools' mission statement by 'promoting skills for adapting to an ever-changing environment while encouraging adaptive and life-long learners,'" she said during the interview.
As ACC's assistant comptroller, Soik has knowledge of working with educational budgets, which she can put to use as a board member, she said. Among her goals were overhauling the district's lunch program to serve healthier foods, and staying current with technology and teaching techniques.
"Whatever the newest, coolest thing in learning is, I want to find it," she said.
During the interview, Kroll said she's worked with parents, staff and students as active member of Posen Parent Teacher Organization for five years. She's served as the organization's treasurer for the past three years, organized various fundraisers and chaperoned various field trips.
Kroll's goals as board member were to bring more electives in high school and junior high, and to bridge the gap between parents, students, teachers and staff.
"Lately I've heard a lot of unhappy things between students and teachers, or teachers and parents, and even the different organizations going back and forth," she said. "I just think we're all one school and we need to try to work together instead of this separation."
After the meeting, district Superintendent Dru Milliron said both candidates were well-qualified, and that he was glad the search for Donajkowski's replacement was over.
"It's nice that we have a full board now, it's been a long process, longer than we anticipated, but I think Anna will do a find job," he said.
Kroll, who shook Soik's hand after her appointment, won't file to become a write-in candidate, she said. She'll keep volunteering for the district as she had before.
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